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Landlords declare victory after council abandons licensing scheme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Regulation

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A landlords group has announced its "delight" after a council abandoned plans to introduce a city-wide selective licensing scheme.

The National Landlords Association had been fighting against Milton Keynes City Council's licensing proposals through its local members.

Last week, the council concluded that the scheme would not solve the issues of poor housing standards, anti-social behaviour and low housing demand in the area.

The RLA is also celebrating the council's decision to cut the license fee on all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) from £800 to £300.

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer at the NLA, said: “This is fantastic news for landlords in Milton Keynes and we thank all those involved in reaching this conclusion.

“Selective licensing is a powerful tool at the disposal of local authorities, but it should only be used when appropriate.

"The clear message from Milton Keynes is that they intend to take a more proactive stance and focus on the existing powers they have available to combat poor standards in the area, an approach the NLA has long argued is more effective.

“It’s important that the NLA represents the views of its members who saw this as the wrong move. Nevertheless, we’re committed to working with Milton Keynes City Council to improve property standards in the area, to promote best practice and to encourage co-operation between the council, landlords and their tenants.

“As such tenants can take advantage of the NLA Tenant Information Pack, while landlords can get the basic tools to succeed with their property business by signing up as an NLA Associate Landlord on our website.”

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